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Julie Velásquez-Runk

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Associate Professor, Anthropology

My research uses integrative (or interdisciplinary) approaches to how people use and manage their landscapes, how that relates to science, conservation, indigenous knowledge, and policy, and how people cope with variability and change. I ground this work in political ecology, science and technology studies, human geography, and collaboration. My investigations contribute to three key areas of understanding for human – environment relations and cultural anthropology: 1) how to conserve and govern environments in culturally sensitive ways; 2) how indigenous populations maintain their identity and advocate for their rights in spite of tremendous change; 3) and how to make science more collaborative, via processes that build theory and incorporate multiple voices. I use my background in ecology and conservation practice to build work that is conversant in natural and social sciences, and that is relevant to local communities and conservation practitioners.


PhD, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, 2005

PhD, Anthropology, Yale University, 2005

Research Interests:
  • Political ontology of rosewood loss
  • Deforestation and zoonotic disease
  • Land rights, conservation, and territoriality
  • Silversmithing, ethnic identity, and inter-ethnic relations
  • Wounaan ethnohistory
  • Panama
Selected Publications:

Velásquez Runk, J. 2015. Creating wild Darién: Centuries of Darién’s imaginative geography and its lasting effects. Journal of Latin American Geography 14(3): 127-156.

Velásquez Runk, J. 2014. Enriching indigenous knowledge scholarship via collaborative methodologies: Beyond the high tide’s few hours. Ecology and Society. 19(4): 37. 

Velásquez Runk, J. 2012. Indigenous land and environmental conflicts in Panama: Neoliberal multiculturalism, changing legislation, and human rights. Journal of Latin American Geography 11: 21-47.

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